Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Biology Jobs

Biology majors have many career opportunities including physicians, optometrists, podiatrists, medical technologists, physical therapists, genetic counselors, veterinarians, research technicians, environmental consultants, water quality specialists, waste management specialists, horticulturists, teachers and professors, chemical technicians, and pharmaceutical administrators.

Penn State Behrend biology graduates have received advanced professional degrees from medical schools such as Penn State, the University of Missouri, and SUNY Buffalo and veterinary schools such as the University of Pennsylvania as well as graduate degrees from schools such as Duke, Cornell, and the University of California at Berkeley.

Who Hires Biology Majors?

Recent Behrend graduates are working in positions as varied as a quality control technician for Southern Tier Brewing, a ranger at a state park, and a tissue bank technician, and also were accepted into graduate programs at University of Pittsburgh, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Temple University School of Medicine, and University of Georgia.

Positions held by alumni with more experience include bioforensic identification specialist, orthotist, anesthesiologist, veterinarian, biology professor, pharmacist, biophysics research fellow, and lead elephant zookeeper.

Career Planning

Penn State Behrend has a comprehensive support system that will help you to identify and achieve your goals for the college classroom and beyond. Meet with your academic adviser often and take advantage of the services offered by the Academic and Career Planning Center beginning in your first semester.

Internships and Co-ops

Students in the School of Science can incorporate an internship experience into their academic program. These professional, career-related experiences in an organizational setting are valuable for a student's professional career development, and students may receive academic credit that applies to their degree program.

In addition, Penn State's Eberly College of Science Cooperative Education Program provides an excellent opportunity for Penn State Behrend students to integrate academic study with relevant experience in the workplace through alternating semesters of work and study.

If you are a student looking for more information on co-op and internship listings and how to apply, please contact your advisor or the Academic and Career Planning Center.